Albion staying ‘laid back’ for final

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Albion Excelsior honoured prominent club member the late Rangi Robinson with a 27-14 win in their Division 3 semifinal last weekend.
The home side started with a minute’s silence and wore black armbands for Mr Robinson, who died on July 18.
They then went out to play what coach Jimmy Cormack said was their best 80 minutes of the season against the Wakatipu Wanderers.
‘‘The match was a full 80-minute performance — the best we have put in all year. However, it was important not to get carried away and get our feet back on the ground and prepare for the final,’’ Cormack said.
The focus of the side now changes as they go on to the final match of the Division 3 season where they travel to take on Riverton.
The last time they played Riverton in Riverton, only one point separated the two sides at the finish.
Cormack said his side was not happy with the game that day and hoped to put in a much improved game this Saturday.
‘‘We did not have the best game. It was one of those games where we did not have the best of starts and it meant we were behind the eight ball for the rest of the match,’’ he said.
He said the side would be motivated not to let history repeat and hit the ground running this time around.
Riverton would provide a big challenge through its forwards, with the forward pack one of the best in Division 3.
Cormack said the side would play their own game and not worry too much about how their opposition’s tactics.
‘‘We want to go out there and do what we do best — that has worked for us so far this year,’’ he said.
The team have already beaten Riverton this season — in the second round where they managed a 28-17 win.
Cormack hope to keep the side ‘‘laid back’’ this week, as few of the players have been in a final before.
‘‘We need to make sure we just go about playing how we normally do and not get over-excited.’’
Cormack said he was disappointed the final would not be at the Gore Showgrounds but said the team were hoping to get as much home support as possible.
The side will have a supporters’ bus heading to Riverton.